Dentistry

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Open Wide: Readers Share Their Horse's Dental Schedule

February 01, 2009

More than 2,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you have your horse's teeth floated?"

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 06, 2009

Seasonal tips for enhancing & even extending the life of an older horse.... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 01, 2009

If your horse is already a senior, there's no reason to turn him out to pasture. Here's a seasonal look at some factors to consider for the care of your equine elder.... Read More

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Endoscopy-Assisted Dentistry Improves Traditional 'Shot In The Dark'

December 26, 2008

After investigating the technique in more than 300 horses, Austrian researchers have concluded that endoscopic evaluation of the oral cavity as part of a routine dental examination is a safe and effective means of thoroughly assessin... Read More

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'Tongue Piercing' in Horses

August 02, 2008

It's not a new fad and probably isn't what you're thinking. Horses sometimes accidentally become wounded by pieces of metal or wire, splinters of wood, or even grass awns that become lodged in their tongue, mouth, or throat as they eat.... Read More

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Equine Dentistry: Straight From the Horse's Mouth

July 19, 2008

As a veterinarian with more than 20 years of experience in veterinary dentistry, James Anthony, DVM, Dipl. AVDC, offers a unique perspective on issues related to this specialized field, the growing recognition of dentistry's... Read More

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Minnesota Equine Tooth Floaters Lose First Round

June 24, 2008

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine can continue to regulate the floating of horses' teeth as the practice of veterinary medicine, according to the Fourth Judicial District Court for Hennepin County. In a 51-page decision rendered June 20... Read More

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Brazilian Olympic Horse Treated at University of Florida

May 10, 2008

After surviving an odyssey of complicated medical problems and difficult surgeries, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse named Livello has lived to train another day and is recuperating back in his home country, thanks to University of Florida... Read More

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AAEP Launching Equine Dentistry Campaign

April 07, 2008

Because proper dental care is vital to a horse's overall health, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is launching a campaign to promote the need for horses to receive a thorough oral examination at least once a year. Designed... Read More

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Dental Care and Health

April 01, 2008

Dental science and, consequently, dental health for us as human beings, have come a very long way in the past 250 years. Most of us in this country are accustomed to regular, routine visits to our general family practitioner for an overall health... Read More

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Genetic Test for "Sow Mouth"?

February 01, 2008

Q: I read the article "Orthodontics for Horses," authored by David O. Klugh, DVM, FAVD/Equine (available on TheHorse.com at article #9671). In regard to the... Read More

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Dental Dilemmas: Cheek Tooth Fractures, Treatment Characterized

October 14, 2007

Cheek teeth fractures can lead to a number of unpleasant problems in the horse, from chewing discomfort to bad breath, and they tend to show up most often in the upper jaw. Sometimes these fractures can even go undetected, say... Read More

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Horses Chew Different Feeds in Different Ways

July 31, 2007

Horses eating a diet consisting mostly of pellets or grain could require more dental maintenance than horses eating predominantly hay or pasture grasses, according to researchers at Michigan State University who used motion capture techniques to... Read More

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Older Horses: Dental Problems

July 01, 2007

More horse owners have become aware that good dental care is a key component in keeping a horse healthy. ... Read More

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Orthodontics for Horses

June 01, 2007

Orthodontics is the study of tooth movement and alignment. It includes normal and abnormal tooth movement, bone growth, tooth eruption, and shedding of baby teeth. In general it is a study of the young, growing patient.

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Dentistry Part 5: Surgical Procedures

May 01, 2007

The field of equine dentistry is as broad as the field of human dentistry. While your family dentist receives special training in a wide range of topics on general dental care, the endodontist, orthodontist, periodontist, and oromaxillofacial... Read More

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Dentistry Part 4: Periodontal Disease

April 01, 2007

Periodontal disease is one of the most painful conditions that can occur in the horse's mouth. The number one cause of premature tooth loss in adult horses (as in adult people) is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can affect incisors, canine... Read More

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More Convention Health Reports

March 23, 2007

A summary of the Western performance horse forum from the 2006 AAEP Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas. ... Read More

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Virginia to Regulate Equine Dentists

March 05, 2007

There are perhaps 300 people in the nation, and a few dozen in Virginia, who claim the title of "horse dentist," in the obscure trade that dates to at least the 13th century. Normally known only to horse owners and veterinarians, it has been in... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2006: Additional Topics

March 01, 2007

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Dentistry Series Part 3: Malocclusions

March 01, 2007

In the last two installments of this equine dental series, you've digested an overview of the basics of equine dentistry, and I hope you've gained an understanding of just why dental care for horses is rising to the forefront of equine veterinary... Read More

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Oral Examination of the Horse

February 01, 2007

Does your horse toss his head when loose, in hand, or under saddle? Does he fight the bit? Does he resist being bridled or haltered? Is he underweight despite proper feeding and deworming programs? These are just a few of the possible signs... Read More

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Learning for Health (Equine Dentistry Education)

January 01, 2007

Lt. Col. L.A. Merillat, a renowned veterinary surgeon, described the differences in human and animal dentistry in a textbook over 100 years ago: "Human dentistry owes its existence to a single disease process, caries (cavities), while animal... Read More

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Dental Hygiene

January 01, 2007

Horse owners often ask me, "Doc, could you float my horse's teeth?" Horses do need their teeth floated on a regular schedule; the frequency might change with the horse's age. Something that doesn't change with age is the need for a thorough oral an... Read More